• Karen M. Peeler

Words are Worthless

This morning during quiet time and intercession I heard the Lord say "words are worthless". I wrote these three words in my journal and started digging up scripture within my heart.

"Words are worthless when they are washed away by our worldly ways and weighted down by worries."

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits. Proverbs 18:21

Our world is loud. At times the noise level is almost deafening. Not all noise is negative. Noise can be fun, and full of life, when building friendships and deeper connections. But if we are not careful the screeches distract us from the fruit the Father wants to produce in relationships through conversations.

To be honest I was raised in a joyful, God loving home and the hallways echoed with laughter, conversation, and deep discussions rooted in "I am right"! I have three sisters, two older and one younger. Growing up together in a pastor's home, we learned so much. And now as seasoned women of God we teach others what the Father has taught.

Meditating on the phrase I heard in my spirit this morning, the Lord brought my sisters to mind and I pondered how our words have changed over the years.

Our words have become few. My sisters and I used to have constant meaningless conversations and arguments about absolutely nothing while we tried to solve all the worlds problems.

Now as adults we have conversations but our words have legs and life. Pouring into each other with truth and wisdom from experience and scripture, we have grown passed "I told you so".

The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

Luke 6:45

And just because we talk less doesn't mean we care less. I believe what is heard in the open is less because what we say in secret has increased.

"Tucked away in His presence, phrases amazingly powerful at the foot of the cross can be heard in heaven and manifested on earth."

Offered when no one can listen, praises and intercession grow louder than when we used to sound like the city siren at noontime around the kitchen table.

There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Proverbs 12:18

Maturing in Christ is relational when we begin to think of others more than self. Our words transform into incense lifting to our Savior's ear and offered to the Father around the throne.

In protected prayer we purpose to declare God's will on earth standing in the gap for those we love. My story is interwoven into their story as I call each name in communion with the Father. We are knit together by threads of Grace. I want my life and words to impact heaven on their behalf.

"Words are worthless when washed away by worldly ways. But words walk past worry and want when we raise each phrase and scripture before the Lord in the secret place."

Careful conversations usher in calm and compassion. Careless conversations can be cruel.

Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad. Proverbs 12:25

Which are we choosing? I want to call forth life in the name of Jesus instead of feeding the death and darkness in this world.

If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless.

James 1:26

Today I pray we pick up words of life in prayer and in person. Remembering our family and friends as we offer intercession and thanksgiving to the King. Not accusing them but covering each transgression in exchanges with the Prince of Peace.

Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends. Proverbs 17:9

Our words do not need to be worthless. We are children of God. Words can be few and strengthened through the power of the Holy Spirit pushing back mountains standing in our way.

When we let our words decrease His wisdom increases. Paragraphs of purpose emerge from within. Intercession aligns with His will and declares there is nothing which cannot be conquered through Him.

"Words are worthless when washed away by worldly ways. But words walk past worry and want as we raise each phrase and scripture before the Lord in the secret place. Let our words be few and wonderfully powerful through the cross."

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Psalm 19:14

Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips! Psalm 14:13

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